DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies got a taste of their own medicine Wednesday night.
The Rockies beat the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday with a go-for-broke race around the bags by Troy Tulowitzki in the 13th inning. On Wednesday, the White Sox turned the tables when Carlos Quentin scored from third on a shallow fly to right field in the ninth inning for a 3-2 victory.
``It was almost a flip-flop from last night to tonight,' Rockies closer Huston Street said. ``Last night we seemed to catch the breaks and make the plays and walk away with a win.'
Wednesday was different.
Street (0-2) gave up consecutive singles to Quentin and Paul Konerko to start the ninth. After striking out Alexei Ramirez, Street got A.J. Pierzynski to loft a shallow fly to right field. Seth Smith caught it but his throw home was up the line and short-hopped catcher Chris Iannetta, allowing Quentin to score easily.
``You make a throw like that that bounces right in front of him by his feet and explodes up on him with a runner bearing down on him, that's a nearly impossible play,' Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
Smith was moving to his right when he made the catch and the left-hander had to adjust to fire the ball home.
``I was trying to make it a longer hop but running in (to make the catch) and not knowing exactly where you are on the field makes it a little tougher to throw,' Smith said.
The sacrifice fly might have been meaningless had the Rockies cashed in on their chances earlier in the game.
Twice against starter Mark Buehrle they had a runner on third with one out but couldn't get the big hit. In the third Carlos Gonzalez was stranded after a one-out triple, and in the seventh Ryan Spilborghs was left at third when Iannetta popped out to second and pinch-hitter Chris Nelson hit a comebacker to Buehrle.
``We did not execute a couple of times earlier in the game with a runner at third and less than two outs,' Tracy said.
They loaded the bases in the eighth but Ty Wigginton hit an inning-ending double play to second baseman Gordon Beckham.
``You're excited when you have that opportunity because there are so many different ways you can score,' Smith said. ``But baseball is tough. You don't make excuses. Maybe if you have a bad at-bat you figure out what you did wrong and learn from it. Other than that it's over.'
They didn't need men on base to score their two runs. Jason Giambi broke up Buehrle's shutout bid with two outs in the sixth inning when he drove his 1-2 offering into the bleachers in left field for his ninth home run to pull the Rockies within 2-1.
Colorado evened the score on Wigginton's leadoff homer in the seventh. It was Wigginton's 13th home run of the season and his sixth home run in the last seven games.
It was also the first time this season Buehrle had given up multiple homers in a game.
The Rockies wasted another solid outing by Ubaldo Jimenez, who is starting to regain the form that landed him the start for the NL in last year's All-Star game. Jimenez gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings and struck out four. His only hiccup was the fourth when he surrendered an RBI single to Konerko and a run-scoring double to Pierzynski.
It was his third consecutive start where he allowed three runs or fewer.
``I think I'm getting better,' Jimenez said. ``I'm able to go out there every time and give my team a chance to win. That's what I was able to do tonight. At the beginning of the game I wasn't as sharp but it got better.'
The Rockies missed an opportunity to get back to .500 and gain a game on San Francisco in the NL West.
``It's frustrating, obviously, because we need every win we can get, but you can't do anything to change it so turn the page and try to win the series tomorrow,' Street said.
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